WOMEN AND GIRLS EMPOWERMENT
We have recognized that the women and girls in the community are at particular risk. We have seen situations where teenage single-mothers drop out of school, children were given out for marriage, lack of gender balance in most professions, and a lack of sexual education. We, therefore, believe educating women in our community and bringing awareness towards these situations would help us solve these problems and allow us to support and encourage teenage mothers to return to school or support them in starting their own business or an apprenticeship.
The main challenge is the lack of education of the /girls and women in our community. Many do not know how to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies. Moreover, many do not know their rights or where they can go to find support to help in times of need as it is that usually many families neglect teenage mothers, often leaving them to face the struggle on their own. Furthermore, many families have outdated views on the role of women and hence, due to a lack of education, they might even force their girl-child into child marriages.
BPDC offers education for women in Ghana on how to protect themselves not only from unwanted pregnancies but also from sexually transmitted diseases. Also, we offer help to teenage mothers supporting their return back to school through BPDC scholarships. We also support those who cannot return to school through apprenticeship training and livelihood or microfinancing projects. Finally, we aim to educate the entire community on the negative effects of child marriage and the importance of equality for all.
Long-term we believe we will not only address the issues of unwanted pregnancies but also see a drop in STDs and reduce the cases of child marriages. Women's education will form the basis for women's empowerment in all spheres. It is through education that the stereotypes about women reinforce the disparity between men and women can be tackled, thus helping to eliminate discrimination passed on from generation to generation through socialization. By empowering women in our community, providing them access to education and equal rights, we believe we will actively contribute towards greater economic development not only for our community in isolation but for Ghana as a whole.